Man About Town: Cheaper food that’s really hot stuff

When you hear the phrase “whisky tasting”, you think wood-panelled private dining rooms in old-fashioned restaurants.

But on Thursday The Singleton hosted a tasting of new varieties at an outdoor street market setting on the Southbank of the Thames.

After we were introduced to the new varieties Sunray and Tailfire on top of barrels, guests were introduced to cocktails and possible food pairings: fish dogs (fish hot dogs, much nicer than it sounds) and brilliant doughnuts from Hix, extraordinary marshmallows from The Marshmallowists and chocolate from Cocomaya.

The setting is one that I’ve been getting used to, as hawker-style has been growing steadily in recent years, and this year looks to be the summer of eating outdoors.

Tonight Guerrilla Eats – a group of street food traders – is organising a gathering of stalls at the Greengate Viaduct in Manchester, in Leeds Trinity Kitchen draws monthly street food traders and next month in Birmingham The Fine Food Market will take place around the Custard Factory.

London is embracing it enthusiastically. Last week there was the Streets of Spain festival in the centre of town, the south east is hosting Model Market and the north east of the city sees Street Feast return for the sunny season.

It’s a cheaper, simpler way to go out. A highlight recently was Chilli Chilli Bang Bang – a festival devoted to the humble chilli. Smaller outfits like Rola Wala and Busan BBQ sat next to mini-chains like Wahaca as they attempted to numb palates with their spicy dishes.

I walked out with my tastebuds still intact. But just then I was approached by a lady from Liberia. She wanted me to try her Mama Nora’s chilli sauce. I tried a small amount on a biscuit, and it was very tasty. All was fine until I walked away, when things became fuzzy. It took a trip into the local Co-op and lots of coconut water before things returned to normal.

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

HR Manager - Kent - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...

HR Manager - Edgware, London - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...

HR Manager - London - £40,000 + bonus

£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...

Talent Manager / HR Manager - central London - £50,000

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Talent / Learning & Development Mana...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam